22 Russians Who We Won't Let Vladimir Putin Forget Were LGBT

Let's remember all the great Russians we do love, and don't throw the baby out with the vodka.

BY Christopher Harrity

August 06 2013 5:00 AM ET

Felix Felixovich Yusupov Jr. (1886 - 1967)
Yusupov's life has three or four novels-worth of adventure. Duels, incarcerations, extreme wealth, and forced exile. He is also one of the two men who murdered Rasputin, the mystic who was an advisor the the Romanovs, the Imperial Russian family.

At right, Yusupov's estate.

Yusupov was bisexual and led a flamboyant life. He describes in his autobiography often spending time with Gypsy bands and adopting female clothing. He married Princess Irina of Russia, the tsar's niece, on February 22, 1914 in the Anichkov Palace in Saint Petersburg. The marriage was said to be extremely well matched and very happy. After murdering Rasputin, and after the breakout of WWI, Yusupov and his wife went into exile, but not without first stopping at their palace to grab some jewelry and a few Rembrandts to tide them over. (Sources: Wikipedia, AndrejKoymasky.com)

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